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It’s easy to understand why nurseries use words like mint, lime, and pistachio to describe their green flower varieties: the colors are simply delicious! Plant some green flowers as cool companions in a red and orange flowerbed, or mix some chartreuse blossoms with yellow and purple blooms for a stunning display.

1. Amaranth

Photo © Chris Budnick, www.mitchellsfloral.com
The green form of the old-fashioned annual also known as “love lies bleeding” makes a funky filler for your cut flower arrangements, and it also lends interest to hanging baskets. Combine these with the red form of the plant for brilliant contrast in your container garden. These annuals like full sun, warm temperatures, and rich soil.

2. Bells of Ireland

Photo © Bev Wagar
Bells of Ireland fall into that “I’m not sure how to grow it” category for some gardeners, because the plants fare poorly in hot weather. In fact, exposure to cold temperatures enhances germination, so you can sow these in the fall, and they will naturally sprout when temperatures are to their liking. Expect about 10 weeks of bouquet-worthy blooms, and when the plants decline you can replace them with some hot weather annuals.

3. Coneflower

Photo © Don Sutherland
Horticulturists are developing new coneflower varieties every year in response to gardener demand, but isn’t the sculptural drama of the ‘Green Jewel’ variety great? Like other members of the Echinacea genus, green coneflowers are short-lived perennials that self seed freely. Even the green variety attracts butterflies with its rich nectar content.

4. Daylily

Photo © Tranquil Lake Nursery-www.tranquil-lake.com
There are so many green varieties of daylilies to choose from; the reblooming ‘Green Flutter’ variety pictured here is but one of the choices. ‘Green Iceburg,’ ‘Green Puff,’ and ‘Green Glitter’ are some other daylilies that display greenish-yellow blooms. Try planting them alongside one of the hundreds of daylily cultivars that feature green throats.

5. Gladiolus

Photo © Lori L. Stalteri
Gladiolus flowers are one of those blossoms that provide gardeners with an acid green accent that pairs well with other neon hued flowers in the garden. Buy the biggest bulbs you can find of green types like ‘Green Star’ to reap dramatic spikes for your flower arrangements. These tender bulbs aren’t hardy in areas colder than zone 8, so you must dig them up if you intend to keep them from year to year.

6. Hellebore

Photo © David Wright
Sometimes called the Lenten Rose because of its early bloom time, the hellebore was recognized as the perennial plant of the year by the Perennial Plant Association in 2005. This perennial is valued for its shade tolerance and hardiness, surviving zone 3 winters if grown in a sheltered area. In addition to mint green flowers, your plants may display white or purple flowers, and cross-pollination often leads to unexpected flower colors.

7. Hydrangea

Photo © Katrina Wiese
If you think purple and lime green are a can’t-miss color combo, you must try the ‘Cityline Rio’ hydrangea, which features purple blooms with green eyes. The pale green mops of hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ offer a color changing show in fall, when blooms fade to dusty rose.

8. Nicotiana

Photo © Scott Zona
A few plants of this fragrant old-fashioned annual will attract giant hummingbird moths to your garden. Pair ‘Antique Lime’ with one of the pink, purple, or red varieties close to your deck or porch, as the fragrance is most intense in the evening. The plants thrive in heat and humidity, and bloom all season long.

9. Snowdrops

Photo © Roger Ward
The crisp white flowers with green accents are welcome harbingers of early spring, whether or not you have snow on the ground. Plant the bulbs in large drifts in the fall for greatest impact.

10. Zinnia

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This flower will prove to you that green really does go with everything. The brilliant chartreuse color of zinnia ‘Envy’ can look cool or electric, depending on whether you pair it with white or bright flowers. Plant this hot weather lover at the same time you set out your tomatoes, when night temperatures average 60 degrees.
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